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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Calls to end detention of children in Australia

To mark 20-years of mandatory detention for asylum seekers in Australia, an international campaign has been launched to end the imprisonment of children.

Australia is the only first world Country with a policy of mandatory indefinite detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

Some 4000 people are held under this policy.

Campaigners say locking children up in prison is unnecessary, unethical and harmful.

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